ENTERING THE STUDIO
I haven’t discussed it since it was solicited but things are proceeding nicely with Studio Space. About half of the chapters have been designed and we’ve got over a hurdle that might have caused us problems. So it is all set to go to the printers in about two-and a-half weeks. We are also in the process of organising a number of signings and events in the summer in London and elsewhere with some of the artists, so keep your eyes peeled here. To tantalise you, here are a couple of pages from the Fegredo chapter…






BLACKFRIARS SUNSET
Last week I subbed for four days at Music Week, which is located in the old Express building by Blackfriars Bridge. The weather was bloody awful but there was a brief period on the Tuesday when the sun came out and the weather was pretty amazing. So here are five photos I took on Blackfriars Bridge…






WELCOME TO SPRING
Spring has supposed to have started but we have had some very unseasonal weather. We have had snow a couple of times over Easter weekend so here are a few pics taken outside my window…
By the way, the snow was gone within about two hours, washed away by rain…


WOOLLY THINKING
I treat the release of a new Roland Emmerich film with a mix of apathy and dread. The man has been responsible for some of the most idiotic movies in modern history (check out The Patriot or Godzilla if you don’t believe me). So when I got tickets to see 10,000 BC at the Empire Leicester Square, my expectations weren’t high. Nearly everyone I asked were either busy or not interested in seeing it. But I did find a taker for the other ticket (by the way, the film company gave me 4 tickets, far more generous than usual with a big release.) 10,000 BC is a fantasy set in a fictitious world ruled by Von Danniken-like alien beings and at the film’s heart is a prehistoric tribe led by D’Leh (Steven Strait), who is forced to undergo a quest that takes him thousands of miles across this world to rescue his lady love Evolet (played by Camille Belle). The biggest problem with 10,000 BC is not that it’s a stupid film, even though it is a pretty idiotic one, it’s that it takes itself so bloody seriously. I’m as much a sucker for Raquel Welch wandering around in a fur bikini as the next man but the dialogue here is so portentous that the viewer is left checking their watch at regular intervals (I went almost five minutes at one point without doing this). The woolly mammoths look pretty and the scenery is impressive but there’s no real sense of place in this film. Strait is suitably unmemorable in the lead as is Belle. If you like really dumb films with very little plot or characterisation, then go for it (the box office has already spoken on this film and it made nearly $38m in its opening in the US). But if you want something more, then don’t bother…

A FAVOUR TO ASK…
It’s not often that I do this but I thought I would see if any of my visitors here might be able to help. A friend of mine, John Lustig, has a room booked during the New York Comic Con at the New Yorker and is looking for a roommate. Anyone interested, please email me or leave a comment here and I’ll put them in touch with John…

A LONG WAIT OVER
I’ve just checked my friend Steve Colgan’s blog and he has some very exciting news to announce at last: his book Joined-Up Thinking: How to Connect Everything to Everything Else will be published by Macmillan on October 3rd, with a brand new introduction by John Lloyd, the man behind QI, Not The Nine O’Clock News. Steve has been trying to get books off the ground for as long as I’ve known him (or probably longer) and it’s really great news that this is official at last. It’s on amazon at http://www.amazon.co.uk/Joined-Up-Thinking-Connect-Everything-Else
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